Dundee United 1 Motherwell 1
Report of match 25th August 2002
A good away point was gained from Tannadice this afternoon but Terry Butcher will regret his side squandering chances in the first half that could have killed the game off.
We made a brilliant start to the match and took the lead with our first real attack. Stevie Hammell’s corner was headed on by a combination of players and found it’s way to the feet of Stephen Pearson. Pearo made no mistake from close range to net his third goal in our last three games.
It took a brilliant save from Paul Gallagher to deny Keith Lasley from doubling our lead although had Derek Adams played his pass in front of Keith rather than slightly behind, he probably would have scored.
It was only 1-0 at half time and the players and fans had to be happy with the solid performance that had been delivered. Our close passing, especially on the left wing, was a joy to behold. The one worrying thing was that Dundee United surely wouldn’t be as woeful after the break.
Our worst fears were confirmed when United came out and equalised within seconds of the restart. The ball was crossed from the right and Jim McIntyre arrived unchallenged to score a slightly fortuitous leveller. The ball was bouncing at an awkward height, McIntyre made a bad connection but did enough to deceive Woods who managed to turn the ball on to the inside of the post on its way in.
Dundee United had their tails up and McIntyre came close to giving them the lead. He beat the defender to a cross and Woods may or may not have touched the ball before it smacked off the post.
United had much the better of the second half but we did manage to slow things down a little. McFadden laid the ball off to Leitch in the box but our captain blazed over when a goal looked certain.
Sadly our return into the game was all too brief and United were soon applying the pressure again. McIntyre bulleted a header straight at Woods and when the keeper was caught in no man’s land, Thompson hit the post and then sclaffed the rebound wide.
Both sides made changes with that Icelandic guy (think I’m spelling that? Ha…) coming on for them while we gave Ferguson a debut from the subs bench. Ferguson is with us on a three months deal and has both Spurs and East Fife on his cv. He looks to have a lot of pace but it would be unfair to judge him whilst we were so heavily under the cosh.
The draw keeps us moving away from the relegation zone and we have another good chance to pick up points at home to Hibs next week.
|Competition: Bank of Scotland Scottish Premier Date: Sunday, 25th August 2002 Kick off: 15:00 Venue: Tannadice Park|
|1 - 1||Motherwell
|Allan Smart (Gunnlaugsson 69)||7|
|Derek Lilley (Miller 46)||6|
|Charlie Miller (Lilley 46)||6|
|13||Arnar Gunnlaugsson (Smart 69)||6|
|14||Keith Lasley (Kinniburgh 80)||4|
|Scott Leitch (McDonald 90)||6|
|14||James McFadden (Ferguson 80)||8|
|Kevin McDonald (Leitch 90)|
|1||Steve Ferguson (McFadden 80)|
|6||William Kinniburgh (Lasley 80)|
|Dundee Utd. cards shown|
|Motherwell cards shown|
|28 mins||James McFadden||Unsporting behaviour|
|58 mins||Scott Leitch||Unsporting behaviour|